A man who robbed an Alberto's restaurant armed with a screwdriver early this morning died when his get-away bike crashed and he accidentally stabbed himself with the hold-up weapon, Fresno police reported.
The screwdriver severed an artery in his thigh, and he was found in his own blood.
He was taken to Community Regional Medical Center at 3:45 a.m., and pronounced dead there. His name and identity were still unknown this afternoon.
Police spokesman Jeff Cardinale said the man held up the restaurant on the east side of Cedar Avenue, near Dakota Avenue, and demanded money.
He left with an undisclosed amount, but was found bleeding heavily by his crashed bicycle near Cedar and Farrin avenues. Officers concluded that his screwdriver had apparently stabbed him in a thigh during his fall.
The Fresno County Coroner's Office had not been given the case by this afternoon, and had no identity.
At the restaurant, workers said today that they knew no particulars about the robbery or how much was stolen because it happened hours before they arrived.This is karma at it's finest. But the question remains. Was it a flathead or philips screwdriver?